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Front Pagearrow Cops back jungle rule in northwest
In the northwest, he is the law. Women retreat at his approach, hurriedly covering up their head and face. Those who dare to differ with him know their mistakes the hard way in his torture cell.
 arrow Donors to press govt for more tolerance in politics
Donors at the upcoming Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting will press Dhaka to address the issue of political confrontation as they believe the government should be tolerant toward peaceful protest
 arrow Coalition runners sweep first phase
Ruling BNP-led four-party alliance candidates swept elections in 36 municipalities, winning 18 chairmen posts on the first day of staggered polling yesterday.
 arrow Government yet to build 'conspiracy' case
The government is yet to gather hard evidences of the conspiracy against the state by leading NGO Proshika even after police raided its headquarters twice.
 arrow 50 students hurt in clash with NU employees
At least 50 students of different colleges under the National University (NU) were injured when NU employees at Gazipur allegedly attacked students demonstrating in front the vice-chancellor (VC)'s office
 arrow Garment units still prove death traps
Garment factories virtually become death trap for their workers in case of fire or other accidents mainly because the workers do not know how to make use of the safety measures including emergency exits,
 arrow Pak foreign secy wants roadmap for better trade
Visiting Pakistani Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokar has proposed a roadmap to advance his country's relations with Bangladesh in economy, trade, culture and other areas as Dhaka pushed for bigger trade concessions
 arrow Public life is under threat: says Dr Kamal
National Platform for Unity (NPU) President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said public life is under threat for illegal gunrunning, mass arrests, corruption, violence and price hike of essentials.
 arrow Politics of conflict eats up economic potentials
Policy makers, top politicians, development partners, civil society members and business leaders yesterday unanimously felt that Bangladesh is unable to tap its economic potentials due to confrontational
 arrow Waste-lakes
Huge sewerage pipes channel tons of foul-smelling, toxic household and industrial wastes into the Gulshan Lake (left) near the Gulshan-Badda connecting road, turning the water dark and killing large numbers
 arrow PM urges all to protect communal harmony
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has urged people of all religions to remain vigilant against any pernicious campaign by a vested quarter both at home and abroad.
 arrow JCD leader beaten dead over toll demand
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Nabinagar upazila unit president was beaten to death and one of his associates injured allegedly for extortion.
 arrow 5 truckers held
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police Tuesday night arrested five truck drivers tasked to carry the huge arms cache hauled in Chittagong port on April 2.
 arrow Proshika staff subjected to HR violations, says Abed
Fazle Hasan Abed, chairperson of Brac, a leading non-government organisation, yesterday observed that activists of 'an internationally recognised' NGO Proshika are subjected to treatment incompatiblewith
 arrow Delhi offers to boost ties with Dhaka
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said Tuesday night that a proposal has been made to Bangladesh for boosting bilateral trade and people-to-people contact to improve ties between the two countries.
 arrow Robbers shoot Sonali Bank guards, loot Tk 34 lakh, rifles
Armed robbers shot and wounded two guards of Sonali Bank on the Goalunda-Daulatdia Highway at about noon yesterday and took away

Tk 34.48 lakh and their rifles with bullets.

 arrow Vajpayee casts vote, signals for victory
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee sought re-election to his parliament seat and a victory for his governing coalition yesterday as some of the country's most violent regions voted in the fourth
 arrow Bush promises justice after Iraq abuse
US President George Bush yesterday pledged to punish abusers of Iraqi prisoners after enraged Iraqis protested "American savagery" in US-run jails in Baghdad and fresh fighting between coalition forces
 arrow US envoy supports FBCCI political reform proposal
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday backed the proposals of the country's apex trade body aiming at reforming politics and improving governance, which earlier drew lawmakers' flak.
 arrow Palm-leaf hand fans...

 arrow 30 million 'chronically poor'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said 25-30 million people in Bangladesh are still 'chronically poor' although the country has come out of the 'shadow of famine'.
 arrow N'ganj poultry trader, son buy freedom from captors
A poultry trader of Narayanganj and his son, both abducted Tuesday, bought their freedom nine hours later after paying their captors Tk 30,000 in ransom.
 arrow Bombs hurled at Meherpur AL office, 1 killed
One person was killed and 20 others injured when three bombs were hurled at the Meherpur Awami League office at Shah Alam Municipal Market yesterday evening.
 arrow Diego back to hospital
Football legend Diego Maradona has been re-admitted to hospital, less than a week after discharging himself.
 arrow Tagore Festival

 arrow Teachers demand action against rapist's aide
Teachers of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) brought out a black badge procession yesterday demanding immediate punishment to the accomplice of JCD cadre Mirza Mahbubul Haque Sadi charged
 arrow Writ seeking stay on Bar Council polls rejected
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ seeking stay on May 13 election to Bangladesh Bar Council (BBC) on plea of flaws in the voter list.
 arrow Form independent anti-corruption commission: B Chy
Convenor of National Committee of Bikalpa Dhara (NCBD), AQM Badruddozza Chowdhury has asked the government to form an independent anti-corruption commission through amendment of the anti-corruption law.
 arrow Suit filed against Prothom Alo editor, publisher, 4 journos
A ruling BNP lawmaker yesterday filed a damage suit against the editor, publisher, news editor, chief reporter and two correspondents of daily Prothom Alo and claimed Tk 15 crore as compensation.
 arrow Hasina leaves for US this morning
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for the United States this morning on a 10-day tour.
Businessarrow Trade licence holders to submit tax returns
The government will make it compulsory for trade licence holders in all city corporations and municipalities to submit their income tax returns from the next fiscal.
 arrow 'Ctg port needs improved security to avert boycott by international buyers'
Chittagong Port must have required facilities and adequate security to avert a possible boycott by international buyers, a chamber leader said yesterday.
 arrow BGMEA seeks separate labour code for RMG
Garment manufacturers and exporters yesterday urged the government to formulate a separate labour code for readymade garment (RMG) sector.
 arrow CityCell introduces 'cash card' for easy bill payment
Subscribers of post-paid CityCell phones can now pay their bills in a hassle free way as the operator has introduced a cash card for paying bills without going to bank.
 arrow Asia surges with FDI, US tops in competitiveness
The United States has reinforced its position as the most competitive economy in the world thanks to growing investment by US firms abroad, according to the 2004 World Competitiveness Yearbook released
 arrow Bank Asia opens 15th branch at Ashulia
Bank Asia Limited opened its 15th branch at Ashulia in Dhaka yesterday.

M Syeduzzaman, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the branch as chief guest, says a press release.

 arrow Newly elected BKMEA leaders meet textiles minister
Newly elected executive committee members of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association (BKMEA) called on Textiles Minister Abdul Matin Chowdhury at his residence on Tuesday.
 arrow Emirates opens new air traffic management training facility
Emirates has opened air traffic management training facility recently for aviation training at Emirates Aviation College.
 arrow Transcom Beverages gets award from Pepsico
Transcom Beverages Limited, franchisee for Pepsico International in Bangladesh, has received an international award, 'Blockbuster of the year 2003' for its performance in 7 Up, a brand owned by Pepsico
 arrow StanChart holds workshop on anti-money laundering
Standard Chartered Bank organised an anti-money laundering workshop recently in Sylhet.
 arrow Poor nations seek better intíl trade deal
Trade ministers from the world's least developed nations meeting here voiced disappointment at their continued marginalisation and position at the bottom of the global trade rankings, voicing opposition
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore backs Tigers
Nearly a year into his job and coach Dav Whatmore already has reasons to believe that his Tigers are ready to bite.
 arrow Football: Draw pleases both
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra finally put an end to their losing sequence in the AFC Cup when the Dhaka giants drew goalless with Turkmenistan's Nisa FC at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur
 arrow Football: Sultan irate at Mahbub
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) president SA Sultan yesterday came down hard on remarks made by Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) advisor Mahbubul Anam regarding the possession of the Bangabandhu
 arrow Cricket: Murali's Test from today
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan goes into Thursday's first Test against a second-string Zimbabwe side in Harare within sight of one of cricket's most celebrated records.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels withdraw
Four Zimbabwe players including former captain Heath Streak have ruled themselves out of the first Test against Sri Lanka by refusing to train on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: End of road for Gough?
The vultures are circling round Darren Gough.
 arrow Cricket: Another Lord's innovation!
Cricket's headquarters has unveiled a high-tech solution to one of the sport's perennial problems -- how to ensure batsmen can be seen and not disturbed.
 arrow Cricket: 'We're stronger in Testí
The England Test team is stronger than the one-day side, admitted England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick bows out
Number two seed Andy Roddick, lucky to escape with his life at the weekend after his hotel was swept by a fire that killed three people, bit the dust in the first round of the Rome Masters here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique fully focused
There is hardly any doubt that left-arm spinner Mohammed Rafique will be Bangladesh's main weapon against the West Indies in the coming Test and one-day series in the West Indies and the man himself was
 arrow Football: Two hattricks on Day 2
Humyaun Kabir slotted the third hattrick in the Sher-e-Bangla Cup National Football Championships as Bogra dump Chapainawabganj 7-1 at the Joypurhat Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Quader visits ailing Rahim
Former State Minister for Youth and Sports Obaidul Quader visited the ailing football coach Abdur Rahim at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CCL 2nd phase from today
The second phase of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League begins today with Aktel taking on BADC in a Plate match at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Football: South Africa's nose infront
South Africa's position as front runners to host the 2010 World Cup was confirmed Tuesday after the publication of FIFA's inspection report into the five African nations vying to host the competition.
 arrow Football: Porto make their mark
UEFA Cup holders Porto became the first Portuguese side for 14 years to make the final of Europe's top club competition after beating Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 in their Champions League semi-final second
 arrow Football: Double hungry Valencia
Spanish league leaders Valencia continue their quest for a domestic and continental double when they play host to local rivals Villarreal in the second leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Magpies after a dream
Newcastle will be seeking to keep alive their quest to end a 35-year wait for a major trophy when they enter Marseille's Velodrome stadium for the second leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Reyes saves the streak
Spanish striker Jose-Antonio Reyes scored his first ever Premiership goal to save Arsenal's unbeaten league run this season as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with in-form Portsmouth here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: 'Hijab' ref steps aside
An Australian soccer referee who last month ordered a player to remove her Islamic headscarf, or hijab, has stepped aside, the Victorian Soccer Federation said Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Maldini could go to Euro 2004
AC Milan's legendary defender Paolo Maldini could change his mind and return to the international scene for Euro 2004 he admitted on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: The world has shattered
A reminder that football is more than a game to many people came on Thursday when Spanish newspapers were full of pictures of sobbing Deportivo La Coruna fans after their Champions League exit.
 arrow Cricket: Nat'l jr athletics starts tomorrow
The two-day Milk Vita 21st National junior athletics meet begins tomorrow at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Moyenuddin Smriti Sangsad defeated Rawtara Cricket Club by 32 runs at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: MSC, Rising Star post wins
An allround show by Rashedul Haq Sumon helped Mohammedan Sporting Club to earn a 62-run victory over Shatadal Junior in a Super Six match of the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League at the ChittagongDivisional
Metropolitanarrow Complete appointment of college teachers by Sept 30
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the authorities to complete the appointment of college teachers by September 30 through a special BCS examination.
 arrow Husband to die for killing wife
A Dhaka Tribunal yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing his wife on June 30 in 2002.
 arrow Businessman robbed of Tk 1.2 lakh in Ctg
A businessman was robbed of Tk 1.20 lakh in broad daylight yesterday in the port city.
 arrow 'Increase male participation in reproductive health'
An awareness campaign to increase male participation in the reproductive health was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow Two more BNS ships arrive at Mongla
Two more Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV), BNS Sangu and Turag, procured by Bangladesh Navy from the UK arrived at Naval Jetty Digraj of Mongla yesterday.
 arrow Youth beaten up
A mob beat up a youth for taking away an unspecified amount of money from the office of the Public Works Department (PWD) at Segun Bagicha in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Interns on strike at BSMCH
Interns at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital are on strike since Tuesday afternoon as relatives of a child patient ransacked the office room at surgery ward for alleged negligence by doctors.
 arrow Five-day agri-technology fair begins at Bogra
Local Government, Rural Devel-opment and Cooperatives Minister Abul Mannan Bhuiyan inaugurated a five-day Agri-Tools and Seed Technology Fair on Bogra Rural Development Academy (RDA) premises on Tuesday.
 arrow Remarks by state minister anger Jhalakathi imams
Imam Samity, an association of Mulsim clerics, has declared State Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Maj (Rtd) Shajahan Omor "unwanted" in Jhalokathi district for his alleged "objectionable" comments
 arrow New technology to boost rice yield
Magura: Drum Seeder method, a new way of sowing paddy seeds, has raised new hopes among farmers because it givers higher yield at lesser cost and time.
 arrow Municipal polls: Sujon's 7-day motivational programme ends today
Sujon (Sushasaner Janye Nagorik), a citizens' committee floated aiming at establishing democracy, development and good governance, organised motivational programmes in 35 municipal areas for a week.
 arrow Dropping of BNP men from charge sheet protested
About 5000 people brought out a procession in the town yesterday protesting dropping of two BNP leaders from the charge sheet of Bogra Motor Sramik Union leader Moniruzzman Manik murder case.
 arrow 100 illegal acid traders at Bogra
At least 100 traders are selling acid illegally in Bogra town and joining areas.
 arrow Trader abducted for ransom
Miscreants on Monday night abducted businessman Abdur Rashid, 38, of Brajabaksa village in Kalaroa upazila while he was returning home from Kazirhat market.
 arrow 'Jubo Dal cadre' shot at by rivals in Barisal
An alleged notorious criminal, toll collector, drug peddler and Jubo Dal cadre was injured by party rivals here on Monday.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 3 in Patuakhakli
Dirrhoea claimed three lives and attacked at least 200 in Bauphal and Dumki upazilas in last seven days, sources at Civil Surgeon's office said yesterday.
 arrow Labourer dies while working on May Day !
A labourer met the tragic end of his life on the International May Day on Saturday.
 arrow Sramik Dal man caught by people, freed by police
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal was released hours after he was caught and handed over to police yesterday for alleged illegal toll collection in the city.
 arrow 6 killed in Tangail road accidents
Netrakona: Six persons were killed and three others injured in separate road accidents at Ghatail and Tangail on Monday.
 arrow Tk 4 lakh wood recovered: 24 held
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans recovered about 6,000 maunds of wood worth four lakh taka from six boats in Khutikata canal under Kabodak forest station in the Sundarbans on Monday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Privatisation and deregulation
What about privatisation and deregulation? Where did these ideas come from? Where have they been adopted? What has been the experience elsewhere and what can we learn from it?

The generic ideas of

 arrow Herbal medicine: Awful small secrets
All health information to keep you up to date

Popularity of herbal medicine among city people is increasing. Sale of such medicines is especially very good outside big cities' in Bangladesh.

Culturearrow Clarion calls in pen and paints
Reputed painter, cartoonist and teacher, Shishir Bhattacharya talks to Fayza Haq of The Daily Star (TDS). He dwells on his vision and style, as well as his family life.
 arrow India Evening with Penaz Masani
Every Bangladeshi has a musical soul', exclaimed the Shehzadi Tarunnam of ghazal, Penaz Masani during her performance at Sheraton Hotel recently.
 arrow Loko Natyadal attends Nepal festival
Loko Natyadal, one of the leading theatre groups in Bangladesh, recently attended a seven day- long Theatre Festival at Kathmandu. Nepal hosted the festival while Bangladesh and India were the other participants.
 arrow A new arena for Shahrukh Khan
Almost every time Shahrukh Khan is on the big screen, the box office is agog with expectation of a hit.
Generalarrow Portray history, culture, achievements
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday hoped that expatriates would portray the history, culture, achievements and development of Bangladesh among the foreigners and Bangladeshis living abroad to create
 arrow JP only option before people, says Ershad
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said only JP can be the alternative force to save people from pervasive corruption, rising crime and spiralling prices of essentials.
 arrow Release of BCL men demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday demanded immediate release of its leaders and activists arrested during the AL's no-confidence demonstrations and
 arrow AL candidate elected Banaripara poura chairman
Golam Saleh Manju Molla was unofficially elected chairman of Banaripara municipal corporation in Barisal yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow JCD activists ransack JU BCL leader's room
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists ransacked the room of a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader at Shaheed Salam Barkat Hall of Jahangirnagar University (JU) on Tuesday night.
 arrow Reunion
The reunion of accounting and information system (AIS) department of Dhaka University was held at the business studies conference room on May 1, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Desperate bid by US to regain trust
US President George W.
 arrow Who will be the king-makers?
With prospects of a hung Parliament looming large, will the "Third Front" of Indian politics emerge either as king-makers or the king?

The CPI(M)-led Left Front and some regional outfits like Mulayam

 arrow Sharon strives to keep pullout plan alive
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was struggling yesterday to defuse the political crisis prompted by Likud's rejection of his controversial "disengagement" plan, which received the untimely support
 arrow Pakistan protests border incursion by US troops
Pakistan said yesterday had lodged a protest with the United States over an incursion into its northwestern border territory by US forces operating in Afghanistan.
 arrow California firefighters battle early season blazes
A day after California fire officials announced an early start to the wildfire season, firefighters battled six major blazes dotting mountain ranges between Santa Barbara and San Diego.
 arrow Berlusconi sets new record
As AC Milan celebrates winning the Italian league this week, it is a double victory for the team's owner, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Editorialarrow Editorial: AL's decision to join JS
It is good news that the Awami League lawmakers will join the budget session of parliament. The decision reflects the expectations of people looking forward to a parliament throbbing with life.
 arrow Editorial: CPJ's hazard rankings
The Committee to Protect Journalists released a list of the ten worst countries for journalists to work in to mark the World Press Freedom Day on Monday.
 arrow Iraq: Mission far from accomplished!
It was just about a year ago that the world witnessed a triumphant Bush 'the younger', standing on the deck of a US man of war, flamboyantly announce that the mission in Iraq was accomplished.
 arrow NDA goes downhill
If there's one issue that truly powered the BJP's rise in the 1980s and gave it middle-class credibility, it was its campaign against Muslim "appeasement" by "pseudo-secularists".
Letters to Editorarrow Our identity problem
Dhaka means covered. We keep our identity covered at the international level, and expose it nakedly at the local level. We are proud of our deshi outlook, full stop.
 arrow Basic education
"We want our stipend in right time so that we can purchase our text books," urged a school child at a question-and-answer session with the legislators at the LD hall of Jatiya Sangsad on April 22, 2004.
 arrow BBC poll
From the very beginning when I learned that BBC was going to hold an opinion poll to determine "who is the greatest Bengalee of all times" and place other famous Bengalees in a sequence, I wondered from
 arrow Corrupt nation
My attention has been drawn to the remarks made by Mr Gene George of US AID and Mr Mutsushiro Horiguchi, the Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka, published in your daily of April 21, 2004.